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Updated on February 14, 2021
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An easy braided hairstyle can be difficult to find, because most of them take certain skills and precision to succeed. Sometimes you simply don’t have those extra fifteen minutes to spare in the morning. The next time you need to fly right out the door without sacrificing a cute hairstyle, try one of these 38 easy braids.

Easy Braided Hairstyles

Adding a thin braid to your casual updo or braiding a simple crown headband to ennoble your everyday downdo won’t take much of your precious time. There are, of course, more cool quick braided ideas below. If you are just beginning your styling experiments, try the hairstyle you like on the week-end when you are not in the rush to test it.

1. Twisted Crown Braid

If you’re ever feeling too lazy for braiding or when you don’t want the prominent waves that come with the second-day hair, try a simple twist instead. In this style, you can use a twist in place of a crown braid for the same cool look.

2. Double Dutch Braid

Remember playing double Dutch jump rope as a little kid during a recess? Now you can bring your childhood memories back to life with this easy braiding hairstyle of the same name. Forget about headbands—this style will hold your messy fringe back without awkward clips or pins.

3. Pull Through Braid

This braid is absolutely stunning is absolutely stunning and you’ll never guess how it’s made! Start by tying your hair into a high ponytail and then dividing it into two separate sections. Secure those sections with an elastic and then pull the rest of the hair through the middle, utilizing the same method all the way down.

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4. Quick Braid Into Low Knot

This cute double braided bun is a great way to pull your hair back in the heat while still maintaining a quirky and chic style. It’s quick and easy to recreate too—simply braid a small section of hair and feed it back into a bun.

5. Milk Maid Braids

Who would have thought that milkmaid braids could be so darn adorable? It’s almost like an easier version of a crown braid, giving off the same kind of relaxed, beachy vibe without all the hassle of French braids. Wear this style to school or work—it’s a cute enough updo to warrant showing off at any occasion!

6. Easy Hairstyle with Braid – Chunky Messy Braided Pony

Messy is practically synonymous with braids. If you like that low maintenance, cool and relaxed look, an easy braid ponytail will completely rock your world! It’ll become your new go-to style. For enhanced but charming disarray, pull the braid gently apart to give it that I-woke-up-like-this vibe.

7. Wired Braid

This easy hairstyle with braids is another venture into the more difficult and less known braided styles. This look is a bit more casual, not quite as wearable as its alternatives, but it’s also cool and different. Think: flannel shirts, high tops and big wiry glasses.

8. Braided Bangs

This style is a great alternative for shorter hair. It works well in hiding bangs, especially when you’re growing them out and they’ve reached an awkward in-between length. You can also use this style on shorter hair that isn’t quite as easy to plait into a regular braid due to the length.

9. Easy Braiding Hairstyle

This twist braid is the perfect date night hairstyle! Find your cutest pair of flats (seriously, heels will start to hurt and you won’t be able to concentrate on your handsome date) and pull your hair into this cute 2-in-1 braid. Pair it with high-waisted shorts and a crop top—you can never go wrong with that combination.

10. Cute Pull Out Braid

A pull out braid is a unique take on the braiding trend. It gives your hair a strange uniformity while also adding in some reckless strands to give it from flare. Try it! Your hair will be a total work of art with this one!

11. Tucked Messy Updo With Braids And Twists

Yet another alternative to the boring old braid you’ve grown accustomed to, this hair tuck trick allows for an easy and unique style. This easy braided hairstyle is essentially just two twists, two braids and the rest of your hair tucked at the nape for a cute updo look.

12. Mini-Crown Braid For Messy Locks

When you picture a crown braid, what do you see? I bet I know: all the hair pulled back, a thick braid wrapping around the crown of your head. Instead of going for the traditional one, try out this mini-crown that fits over your hair like a true show of royalty.

13. Easy Plaited Updo Hairstyle

Braids can be ponytails or crowns or headbands. Braids can even be maneuvered into beautiful buns, like in this specific hairstyle. This sleek look shows off a more professional style that can be worn to work or to that internship in the city. It’ll look perfect with your business attire!

14. Hippie Braids

The ‘70s were a good time. Everyone had long flowing hair, flower crowns and braids. Don’t even get me started on the renowned music! If you want to get in touch with your inner flower child, these hippie braids are a fun way to recreate the psychedelic decade in your own bathroom mirror.

15. Lace Braid Hairstyle

A lace braid for long hair is a great technique to learn for more formal occasions. If you have a party or a wedding coming up, you can have the easiest and cutest look of the night by pairing your gorgeous evening gown with one little lace braid hidden somewhere in the rest of your hair.

16. Easy Braid Hairstyle

Everyone often sneaks a braid or two on the top layer of their hair. In this fun twist on the look, the braid goes underneath the rest of your tresses. You can get this style with a four strand braid, increasing the visual thickness so it stands out more.

17. Curved Braid Bun Hairstyle

Calling all fabulous and elegant ladies—this style is a godsend for special occasions, and you’re bound to love it! Look at that gorgeous curve! Buns can be boring without the right pizzazz, but this is just the right addition to give your look every bit of flare it needs to waltz you through the night.

18. Two Minute Braided Hairstyle

Here it is, the ultimate braided style for those days when you slept through your alarm or you’re simply too tired to go all in. You can have a beautiful style without the time and effort! This look will only take two minutes to master; how could you pass up on that?

19. Adorable Fishtail Braid Updo

If you’re looking for a quick and easy braid that can take you from day to night, look no further. This trendy style works just as well with jeans and a blouse as it does with something dressy. To get this pretty look, start braiding at your part and work downward in the dutch style.

20. Quick Four Strand Side Braid

Cute braided hairstyles don’t have to take all day! Ok sure, it might take a little practice to get good at the four-strand braid, but once you’ve got it down, you’ll be as fast as you are at regular braiding. And once you master it, you can add in a cool accent (like a string of pearls, chain or ribbon) that makes the style very unique.

Ribbon Braid With A Chain

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21. Cute Dutch Fishtail Updo

This is a lovely, feminine take on the Mohawk braid that curves at the end. This simple look was created with a dutch fishtail braid that was pulled at, wrapped and pinned at the end to make a sort of voluminous bun. For the best result, curl hair before you braid and pull it loose at the end.

22. Dutch Mohawk Braid

If you have thick hair, then this simple messy style was made for you. Dutch braid your hair curving the braid to one side (allowing for a loose, imperfect tension) and then finish off half way down the ends. Hide the pony holder with a messy wrap. For the final touch, pull at the braid to make it chunkier and messier.

23. Easy Braided Formal Style

Easy hairstyles can be so chic—they look like you just threw them together. No big deal! To get this effortless style, go for a low horizontal dutch braid. Simply dutch braid your hair across the nape, working from one side to the other. This works best for medium length hair.

24. Perfect Dutch Pigtail Braids

For an ultra-feminine style that can be dressed up or down, go for dutch pigtail braids. This cute braided ‘do should have structure but shouldn’t look too perfect. You can braid with a loose tension and pull some wisps out at the end.

Bridal Boho Braids

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25. Messy Dutch Crowns

The cutest modern hairstyles are those easy braided looks you can do all by yourself. Sure, it’s awesome to get a fancy updo for special occasions, but messy styles are typically more flattering. You may try this look as around-the-head braids or go for two pigtails that are wrapped around the nape of the neck and pinned up next to each other.

26. Loose Braid Updo

Today`s popular easy braids are often based on looseness and softness. This hairstyle would look beautiful with just about any flowy dress (and some dangly earrings).

27. Easy French Twist with Accent Overlay

This style looks tricky to create, but it’s actually made up of two separate parts that are easy to achieve. Take a section of hair above your ear for a braid and clip it out of the way. Then create an elegant french twist out of remaining hair. Next braid the saved section loosely and bring the braid across the roll, tucking the end of the braid inside.

28. Half-Up Pony with Fishtail Braids

There are so many styles you can do with braids! This is an idea for a creative half updo for medium and long hair. These lacy criss crossed fishtails remind palm twigs and look like perfect accent pieces for a summertime hairstyle.

Half Updo With Criss Cross Braids

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29. Cute Chignon with Braids

This cute braided look can be done in a few simple steps. Section off the front section of your hair and divide it into two parts. Clip them out of the way. Next create a low bun in the back. Then dutch braid the hair in the front and wrap the braids around the back of your head above the bun. Hairstyles with such cool braids work in any situation!

30. Gorgeous Halo Braids

Of all the currently trendy hair styles that will boost your confidence one hundred percent, this is the one you need to try today. It is so chic. Why? Because this cute easy look can go with your normal wardrobe—no fancy dress needed for this double braid.

31. Elegant Curls with Lacy Braids

It can be easy to get in a hair slump (and just be lazy) when it comes to long hair. This hairstyle will help you show off your long locks. Plus, it’s easy! Create two dutch braids and join them in the back. Gorgeous curls certainly don’t hurt either.

Curly Braided Half Updo For Long Hair

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32. Braided Top Knot

We also have some gorgeous solutions when it comes to braids for long hair. This simple ballerina bun is perfect for the days when you want your long hair out of the way (but you still want to look chic and put together, of course!) Well, throw your hair in a ponytail, braid it all the way down and wrap into a bun.

Braided Ballerina Bun

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33. Bun with Braided Bangs

For braid styles that are totally outside the box, think of the braid like an accent instead of the main event. For this updo, section off your bangs or a section of hair above the forehead and braid it with a curve. Feed the end of the braid into a pretty sock bun.

34. Messy French Braid and Bun

This pretty style is a breeze to copy. The main trick is to find a metal clip that is similar to the tone of your hair—silver if you have cool toned hair like platinum or ash brown, and copper or gold if you have warm toned hair.

35. Topsy Fishtail Braid

Simple hairstyles often blend a few different styles and end up looking quite fancy. This hairstyle is created by, first, making a smooth pool through ponytail and then braiding a fishtail style braid. One key braiding essential to buy is small, clear elastics. These secure your hairstyle but aren’t too noticeable.

36. Dutch and Fishtail Braid

If you’re skilled at creating a variety of braids, this is going to be very fast for you. If not, then this beautiful style might just give you the inspiration you need to start practicing. The two types of braids you need to learn are the dutch braid and the dutch fishtail braid. Then you can mix them in any way you please!

37. Easy Bun with two Side Braids

Want a cute hair style that is ridiculously simple to create but looking completely amazing? (Don’t we all.) To get this look, separate out some hair near your hairline. Then spray the rest of your hair with a texturizing spray or a salt spray and tease it. Make a low bun with a bouffant. To finish, add some accent braids, a hair accessory, and pretty wisps.

38. Soft and Elegant Braided Updo

For quick hairstyles that are elegant and classy, try mastering the art of loose tension. You’ll want to braid with medium tension to start and then pull the hair loose at the end. This loopy bun is created by wrapping and pinning up a loose braid. Gorgeous!

From crown braids through side braids to ponytail braids, this list has you covered on all accounts. No matter what type of braid you like best, you’ll be able to perfect the easy, fast version of it by choosing one of the many beautiful styles above.

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